Jurgen Klinsmann fired as US Coach

Former German international striker Jurgen
Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the
United States after losing two straight 2018
World Cup qualifying matches.
US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati
announced the firing without naming a
replacement. The United States does not face
another World Cup qualifier until March.
“Today we made the difficult decision of
parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann,” Gulati
said in a statement.
“We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work
and commitment during these last five years.
He took pride in having the responsibility of
steering the program and there were
considerable achievements along the way.”
Klinsmann went 55-27 with 16 drawn in a
coaching tenure that began on July 29, 2011,
when Gulati named him to replace the fired
Bob Bradley on a team where Bradley’s son
Michael was a star midfielder.
Klinsmann, 52, guided the Americans on a
team record 12-match win streak in 2013 and
his 16 triumphs and .761 win percentage that
year set US marks.
But the Americans stumbled to fourth in the
2015 Gold Cup, also losing a playoff to
Mexico for the Confederations Cup.
Earlier this month, the US squad stumbled
badly in opening the final round of North
American (CONCACAF) qualifying for the 2018
World Cup in Russia, falling 2-1 at home to
arch-rival Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica.
Bruce Arena, a five-time Major League Soccer
champion coach now with the Los Angeles
Galaxy, is thought to be a prime candidate to
replace Klinsmann.
The 65-year-old American coached the US
team to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and
guided a 2006 US lineup that exited in the
group stages.
Under Klinsmann in 2014, the Americans
matched their 2010 World Cup showing by
reaching the last 16
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